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Aliviado powers Hawaii to series win against Hofstra


Kaeo Aliviado became the first Hawaii player since Jeff Van Doornum in 2010 to homer in three consecutive games to lead the Rainbow Warriors to a doubleheader sweep of Hofstra on Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium.

Aliviado connected for a two-run homer in the first inning and L.J. Brewster (2-0) threw a seven-inning complete game to lead UH to an 8-2 win in the opener.

Aliviado ignited a seven-run third inning with a three-run bomb in the second game and Alan Baldwin went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to give the Rainbow Warriors a 9-3 win in the nightcap.

Kyle Von Ruden (1-0) allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings to get the second win for Hawaii (4-5), which took the series against the Pride (2-6).

Aliviado finished the day 4-for-8 with a double, two homers, four runs and six RBIs. He’s the second player in three years to hit multiple homers in a season for Hawaii (Marc Flores).

Brewster was one out from a shutout when Eric Ferguson blooped a two-run single to right in the seventh inning of the first game. Brewster allowed six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. 

Stephen Ventimilia drew five walks and scored four runs in both games and Eric Ramirez was 3-for-5 with three walks, three runs and two RBIs.

Hawaii hits the road for two weeks with seven games, beginning with a four-game set at Pepperdine starting Thursday.

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